Every Christmas is a bumper payday for the musicians behind some of your favourite festive tunes – but how much do they make from them each year?
Christmas hits are very lucrative, not only do they have staying power – but the nostalgia means that they are wheeled out time and time again in the lead up to the big day for a whole month.
Mirror Online did some investigating and the answers will shock you.
Remember Will Freeman played by Hugh Grant in About A Boy, his character lived a very nice life off a Christmas track’s royalties.
Well apparently Slade’s Merry Xmas Everybody, which was released in 1973, is the highest-earning track.
Its songwriters Noddy Holder and Jim Lea will reportedly be cashing in on the £500,000 in estimated royalties from their song this year.
Joining them will be The Pogues, who rake in around £400,000 each year from their ballad The Fairytale of New York. Not bad for a cheeky bet! The band were rumoured to have been teased by Elvis Costello that they couldn’t write a Christmas song.
Mariah Carey aka The Queen of Christmas will reportedly earn herself £376,000 each year from All I Want For Christmas Is You. It was meant to be just a teaser track for a Christmas album which was announced as the most-streamed Christmas song of all time this week.
Of course Mariah has since taken it further and is set to make her directorial debut with A Christmas Melody as well as festive concerts, particularly in New York where she was recently paid a reported $300,000.
Wham!’s Last Christmas has earned George Michael, who wrote and produced the song, over £470,000 according to the estimates on PrezzyBox’s Christmas Royalty Calculator.
The estimated annual royalty earners in full:
Merry Xmas Everybody, Slade: £500,000
Fairytale of New York, The Pogues: £400,000
All I Want For Christmas, Mariah Carey: £376,000
White Christmas, Bing Crosby: £328,000
Last Christmas, Wham!: £300,000
Wonderful Christmastime, Paul McCartney: £260,000
Mistletoe and Wine, Cliff Richard: £100,000
Stop the Cavalry, Jona Lewie: £120,000
2000 Miles, The Pretenders: £102,000
Stay Another Day, East 17: £97,000